Category Archives: Programming

Touchpal keyboard alternative with slidedown for symbols - Multiling O

Touchpal keyboard alternative with slide down for symbols – Multiling O

Touchpal keyboard alternative

So you’ve been an Android user for several years and Touchpal keyboard seems to the best Android keyboard out there, with its killer feature – swiping down to input symbols. You can’t live without that feature, but you really hate the annoying ads in Touchpad that was recently introduced. Luckily, I’ve found the near perfect Touchpal keyboard alternative for you – Multiling O Keyboard. Continue reading

reduce macOS Finder memory usage

How to Reduce macOS Finder Memory Usage

If you are experiencing slow performance on memory on macOS (OS X), chances are your memory is running low. While Chrome is notorious for taking up large amount of memory, another culprit is actually the macOS’s own app Finder, which can use up huge amount of RAM. This post will show you how to reduce macOS Finder memory usage from almost a 1GB:

reduce macOS Finder memory usage

Down to a mere 50MB:

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A*genda in Angular 2

Developing A*genda in Angular 2

For the final project of CS3216, our team decided to develop a web app A*genda that helps event organizers to build web-based agenda for their events.

A*genda - screenshot of PyCon SG 2016 agenda for event participants

A*genda – screenshot of PyCon SG 2016 public agenda, used by event participants

A*genda - screenshot of agenda builder interface, used by event organizers to create event agenda

A*genda – screenshot of agenda builder interface, used by event organizers to create event agenda

This was an unfortunate timing (October 2016) for our team since Angular 2 just came out of beta, and Angular 1 is going to be the “legacy” framework soon. As a team that has no experience with other frameworks like React.js or vue.js, we were stuck between Angular 1 and Angular 2, and the final decision was latter. Continue reading

setup Font Awesome in Angular 2 with webpack

Font Awesome in Angular 2 with webpack Setup Guide

This is a guide for setting up Font Awesome in Angular 2 with webpack.

Although this guide is written at the time of Angular 2, it should also work for Angular 4 and future versions of Angular, according to the official Angular branding guideline.

Font Awesome is a hugely popular package for icons. Back in the days, you could just include css and font files in index.html. However, with so many new technologies, it has become increasing hard to integrate 3rd party library into our web app project.

Of course we can still use a CDN to serve static resources, but that’s not helpful when we need to test locally. It also adds external dependency which we have no control over. Hence, we need an idiomatic way to use Font Awesome in Angular 2 with webpack. Continue reading

Angular 2 Drag-And-Drop Grid System

Building Angular 2 Drag-And-Drop Grid System

When building web applications, sooner or later, you will need to build either a drag-and-drop feature to allow intuitive interactions or a grid system UI to allow arbitrary positioning of elements in the layout. There are libraries for either of them in Angular 2, but there are no libraries for Angular 2 Drag-And-Drop Grid System as a whole.

Although this post is written at the time of Angular 2, it is also applicable for Angular 4 and future versions of Angular, according to the official Angular branding guideline.

This is where this blog post comes in as I will talk about how to implement such a system. Continue reading